Delicious Air Fryer Chile Rellenos

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Looking for something spicy to eat? Tired of the plain, old, simple recipes and looking for something to take your taste buds on an adventure? We got you! Air Fryer Chile Rellenos is what you need in your life. One of the most popular Mexican dishes out there, chile Rellenos are basically chilies that are stuffed with cheese and then deep fried. The result is a crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside dish that you can enjoy as a snack and also as a side meal.

But how about an air fryer version of this dish? Yes, you heard it right! You can make delicious chile Rellenos even in the air fryer and enjoy a slightly healthier version of the dish. How cool is that? So what are you waiting for? Read the recipe below and get ready to make your own version of air fryer chile Rellenos.

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Chile Rellenos

Now let’s come to the main part. Here’s what you will need to make this super easy, delicious recipe of air fryer chile Rellenos.

  • Peppers of your choice. We recommend using poblano peppers.
  • 1 cup of corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 1 chopped green scallions
  • 1 cup of your favorite cheese. We use Monterey jack cheese.
  • 2 tablespoons of Mexican crema or sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of ancho chile powder
  • ½ cup of yellow onion, finely chopped

Instructions to make Air Fryer Chile Rellenos

Here’s how you can cook this recipe:

  • First, prepare your peppers by placing them in the air fryer for at least 10 minutes. At the 5 minutes mark, make sure to turn the peppers halfway so it is charred from both sides. Then, remove the peppers from your air fryer and place them in a plastic bag for 5 minutes. This will allow the peppers to steam for a while.
  • Then, take a bowl and combine your cilantro, corn, scallion, cheese, salt, and black pepper together.
  • Also, prepare a sauce for your peppers by heating the oil in a skillet and tossing some onions. Then, add your garlic, tomato paste, oregano, chile powder, salt, and cumin. Let the sauce simmer for at least a minute before adding the chicken stock and lemon juice.
  • Now slit down the peppers from the center. Make sure to remove the seeds but don’t tear the chile.
  • Carefully place your corn and cheese mixture in the peppers.
  • Place your stuffed peppers now in the preheated air fryer basket and let them cook until the cheese has melted properly.
  • Once cooked, you can take out your peppers and serve them with the sauce.
  • Now you can enjoy it!

It doesn’t really matter what kind of air fryer you use for this recipe. You can use air fryer oven, basket-type or any other type of air fryer. For an air fryer oven I’d use a Kalorik MAXX air fryer oven and for the basket type I’d use a Ninja AF101.

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Are air fryer chile Rellenos even worth the shot?

The answer is yes. An air fryer is worth all your efforts and money. Firstly, you don’t have to spend hours making this recipe. You can simply cook this recipe in under 40 minutes. Moreover, it’s super easy to make this recipe. All you need to do is char the peppers, stuff them with fillings, and cook.

Moreover, it’s super versatile and customizable. You can serve it both as a side dish and a main course. You can also stuff the air fryer with a variety of fillings and even make a vegetarian version of the dish. And let’s not forget – the jolt of flavors in the chile Rellenos make this dish extremely tasty.

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Thomas S.

Hey there! I've been cooking for myself and loved ones since the age of 18. In our busy world I've always looked for ways to be more time efficient when it comes to preparing food but also creating tasty and healthy dishes. That's when I came accross air fryers a few years ago and eversince I am trying to spread the word of the benefits of these wonderful machines.